2014 Mother Goose

Mother Goose at Belmont

UntapableI have been given the assignment to preview the Grade 1 Mother Goose for three year old fillies going a distance of 11/16 miles with a purse of $300,000. This will be my pleasure because this article can’t be very long on account of we are really just trying to see who will run second. The Morning Line has Steve Asmussen’s Untapable as the1 to 5favorite and that seems appropriate to me. She has won 3 graded stakes in a row and gets the services of John Velazquez. Untapable likes to lay just off the leader and then go by them in the stretch. I believe this will be a cake walk for the filly. Since it is still a horse race let’s look at some that may want to be second. Second choice in the ML is the Black Eyed Susan winner, Todd Pletcher’s Stopchargingmaria. This horse comes from a little further back, but not too far back, when she wins. Javier Castellano will be in the irons. Maria ran 4th in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn before winning at Pimlico.

House RulesThird in the Morning Line is Allen Jerkens’ House Rules with Joel Rosario up. House Rules has only broken her maiden, but has two impressive second place finishes in the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Davona Dale. She has been running a hole in the wind in the mornings and should factor in the outcome of this race. Normally I don’t pick the favorite, but here I just can’t see no other way. Of course Rosie Napravnik is hurt and that is why she won’t be on Untapable. I still believe Untapable will win, with House Rules second and Stopchargingmaria third. About the only way to make any money in the race is to put Untapable first and then mix and match for second and third in the trifecta. But don’t go crazy. Even then the payoffs won’t be much. Happy Handicapping Guys and Gals!

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